Deve Gowda backs Rahul for PM

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Janata Dal (Sec­u­lar) pa­tri­arch HD Deve Gowda has said his party has no hes­i­ta­tion in back­ing Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi for the Prime Min­is­ter’s post. Deve Gowda, how­ever, said Gandhi should be care­ful about the lan­guage he uses to at­tack his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents. “Any lan­guage that hurts the of­fice of the PM– no­body should use such lan­guage [such as “chowki­daar chor hai”],” the for­mer PM said in an in­ter­view. On a Congress-JD(S) seat­shar­ing pact, he said: “The for­mula that has been adopted by the Congress af­ter the for­ma­tion of the [Kar­nataka] gov­ern­ment is one-third for us on all is­sues.

Rahul Gandhi re­it­er­ated his con­tro­ver­sial re­marks of last week against de­fence min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on the Rafale deal and in­sisted that he would have made sim­i­lar com­ments even if the de­fence min­is­ter had been a man. “Prime Min­is­ter...has helped Anil Am­bani steal ₹30,000 crore and...Lok Sabha is where he should have de­fended him­self but he chose to send an­other per­son and that per­son hap­pened to be a woman,” he said.

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